Twitter DM's not private…. Weiner watch out!

Applications can use the Twitter API  to get you to grant them access to your twitter account without having to share your username and password. You would expect your DM’s to be excluded though by default from the information (eg. Tweets, Favs, Lists, etc) that applications can than access or at least make it configurable. Apparently this is not the case! See this blog by (in German) in which they unearthed it. It means that as of day 1 any application you granted “READ + WRITE” access to your Twitter account had access to your DM’s and potentially could even send them out on your behalf…..?!?
Twitter seems to be aware and working on a solution (planned for the 30th of June) and has added a notification to the Access granting page:
I’m feeling a perfect ‘Weiner‘ – excuse popping up here. ” No sir, I didn’t put those pictures up, it was a twitter app that I authorized to access my Twitter account! It took pictures while I was drying myself after a shower without me even knowing it and posted them to my DM’s…It wasn’t me, I swear!“. Oh wait, too late, he admitted to putting them up there themselves…..
It just shows. Leave your Frankfurter out of it or the Germans will find it!
Thanks to @ThomasBahn for bringing it to my attention by tweeting about it!

Project success factor


I’ve installed my fare share of servers over the years. It’s not my main task but if it comes up I’ll do it. The one thing I’ve always really liked about setting up servers is that you usually also get the chance to make up it’s name. Ok, you can’t always go berserk with it as most companies have some sort of naming scheme but in general you have some wriggling space to come up with something original. And I really like the idea that for years to come users will wonder whoever came up with the crazy idea of calling a server “Ferengi” (yes it was inspired by Startrek). Enfin, you get my drift.

My current companies server name isn’t that inventive. It is simply called ‘mail2’. Kind of lame if you ask me. Especially as there is no ‘mail1’ in sight anywhere. So when I heard they were installing a totally new server I proposed renaming it to something more inventive. My colleagues (who apparently don’t really care much how its named anyway) started joking and the result is that our new server will be named “Nemo”, after our late office fish that died earlier this week and was ceremonially buried in the toilet.

I love it! Especially as I’m envisioning a whole lot of spin-off server names. What about a Quickr server called “Dory”, “Marlin” the Docova server and of course “Bloat” the Sametime server!

Bloat – Finding Nemo

I can just imagine saying “Hé, can you reset Bloat? It’s having hick-ups“.


Did you now what a Captcha was? I didn’t until I started writing this blog. Searched for it and found out it’s actually a term, not a product or company.
Oh well.  This wasn’t my reason for writing this blog, I just found the below Captcha quite funny. I mean they are a pain in the … without having to use specific diacritic symbols so this one really makes the difference.

And no, it did not work without the Umlaut on the ‘o’.

What's in a name

I hate those flaky terminologies that are used to describe certain ICT phenomena’s without actually defining them. Everyone is talking about it but nobody really knows what it entails. The term ‘Web 2.0’ is a good example of that.
Ask anyone and they will either come up with some elaborate but non-descriptive explanation or simply say it is the new thing out there. Even Wikipedia keeps it about as vague as possible:

“(Web 2.0) …does not refer to an update to any technical specifications, but rather to cumulative changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the Web.” 

Yeah right. That explains it……

The problem is that the more flaky it is the more popular it starts to become so I wasn’t surprised to hear someone talk about  ‘PR 2.0’ today at all. It is clearly catching on. Just stick ‘2.0’ to the end of it and it’s a whole new ball game!

At least ‘….2.0’ is relatively save. I couldn’t help but chuckle when I read some tweets that speculated about the name of the next Lotus Notes release and that it shouldn’t be called Lotus Notes 9 as it sounds like ‘Lotus Notes Nein’ (Nein being German for ‘No’). Look hard enough and you’ll find an alternative meaning for almost any term in some other language some where.

I mean, SOA still can be kind of a tricky subject for any self respecting Dutch account manager to bring up in a conversation. Not because customers are weary of thinking about the concept of using ‘services’ but simply because the term is actually widely known as the acronym for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). And say Flickr to someone in The Netherlands and people won’t think you’re talking about sharing photos on the web but think you’re actually calling them a faggot.

But hey, what’s in a name!